The Cabildo de Tenerife turns green in support of ostomized people
The façade of the Cabildo de Tenerife was illuminated in green last night (Wednesday), to give support and make visible the needs and problems faced by people with colostomies, for the recognition of World Colostomy Patient Week.
The Tenerife Ostomy Association (AOTEN), which has been active for more than four years, says that there are more than 3,200 people in the Canary Islands with colostomies.
The Minister of Social Action, Marián Franquet, recalls that people with an ostomy have many difficulties due to the lack of sanitary spaces adapted to their needs: "For this reason, from Sinpromi, and in order to favour universal accessibility of spaces and the inclusion of all people, it is being promoted that toilets for ostomized people are incorporated in buildings and facilities for public use, and that in the future it will be another requirement in the design of new projects, to raise the conditions of universal accessibility and the quality of life for everyone.”
Franquet added that, in this way, from the Accessibility area, consultancy and supervision of universal accessibility requirements is carried out in all projects promoted by the Cabildo de Tenerife, and in some promoted by other public entities, advising for the inclusion of this facility inside the unisex toilets.
As a result of this work, the adaptation for the use of ostomized people was proposed one of the accessible toilets of the new bus station in Puerto de la Cruz, inaugurated in 2019, being the first in the Canary Islands to have an installation of these facilities.
These works were financed by the Mobility area of the Cabildo de Tenerife, directed by Enrique Arriaga, whose department has committed to the Ostomized Association of Tenerife to adapt, throughout the term, one of the accessible toilets in each one from the Santa Cruz and La Laguna interchanges, and to incorporate an adapted toilet in the new Los Cristianos bus station.